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    Hello everyone!

    The Atlantic has an excellent article about how the pervasive standardized cheating of Asia has reached North American shores in the form of hiring an impostor with a customized fake ID to take the ACT, SAT, GRE, TOEFL or other standardized test on the behalf of someone else.

    We wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate that, while this may not be viewed so negatively in China, quite simply, it is illegal in the US and there is a very real risk of jail time and/or deportation. If you can’t get into the school on your own merit, why should you want to attend a school where you will struggle inordinately? What should you believe that you will have the same post-graduation opportunities as those students who graduate in the top of the class?

    Finally, what happens if the test-taking service gets hacked and you get blackmailed? Or perhaps the service gets caught and agrees to turn over all their records for more leniency. Your name could be associated with a crime for your children and grandchildren to find through a simple Internet search. In closing this rant, i just want to say there really is no good reason to cheat and it’s not that hard to get caught. So please don’t do it.

    Best of luck with your applications!


    David Petersam
    AdmissionsConsultants, Inc.


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    Teresa Gomes

    Thank you for this. I hope it serves as a strong deterrent.

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